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Rafa red-hot for Villa job

| 08.06.2011

Rafael Benitez is the subject of a mammoth gamble for the Aston Villa job according to Ladbrokes.

His odds of taking over at Villa were slashed from 14/1 to 7/4 after a spate of shop and online bets were struck this afternoon.

Owen Coyle was also backed early with previous favourites Mark Hughes (4/1) and Steve McLaren (7/1) now on the drift.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “The word must be doing the rounds. Everyone is clamouring to get on Rafa for Villa and we’ve had no choice but to slash the odds.”

Ladbrokes latest betting

Next Aston Villa manager
Rafa Benitez -7/4
Owen Coyle – 5/2
Mark Hughes – 4/1
David Moyes – 7/1
Steve McClaren – 7/1
Roberto Martínez – 10/1
Claudio Ranieri – 16/1
33/1 bar

(Prices at 16.10 on Wednesday 8th of June)



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.